Miss M. has a knack for finding and repeating such trivia. Kinda like that kid in Jerry Maguire who spouted, "Did you know that the human head weighs 10 pounds?"
Some might be shocked by that statistic. No, not the one about the head. The one about the
Personally I have a vague recollection of saying something about eating less sugar. To be fair, I made this resolution after two(ish) glasses of Moët and a piece of carrot cake.
Thanks to Miss. M's reminder, I now have another month to join the ranks of the
There is a plethora of information out there about the gylcemic index as well as various formulas for banishing sweet stuff from your life.
Apparently Dr. Oz has a 28-Day Sugar Detox Challenge and I have to say, if I was going to follow a "program," that one looks pretty good. I'm just not up to that level of complexity right now. I'm in more of what they call "KISS" mode.
KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid.
Once things settle down a bit, I'll go for the Oz degree in being sugar-free. I promise when that happens, I'll share the gritty day-by-day details on my blog. Then, watch out Xylotol -- I'll be coming to gitcha!
The first step towards any change is AWARENESS.
Of course there are lots of hidden sugars in the food we eat. However, my current focus is on the one that is actually called sugar. It doesn't try to hide behind a secret code name because it knows we aren't that smart yet. Sugar especially knows we are suckers for food packages with words like "smart" or "healthy."
Case in point is the breakfast drink my husband (aka "Big D") keeps buying because the front of the container says it has "100% of the day's essential nutrients." Sweet! No really, it's sweet. Too sweet. Twenty-six grams of sugar. Seriously, dude?
I'll admit that I've fallen victim as well. I once discovered that the meal bars I was buying were more like candy bars. They could only count as a meal if you usually eat chocolate chip cookies for lunch.
Before I found out I was allergic to yogurt, I was eating one that had 32 grams of sugar in it.
"But yogurt is so healthy!" I cried. Yeah, not so much. I'd been had.
So, it comes down to reading the labels and being honest about what we're eating. Preferably before tying on the feed bag. Why let the food lie to us? Why lie to ourselves? On New Year's Eve, I'm sure my resolution statement was followed by some rationalization that I was already on the right track eating carrot cake. I know, right?
Anyhoo, my new personal goal is to eat less than 28 grams of sugar per day and make it count.
By "make it count" I mean to make a conscious choice to eat sugar and feel good about it. If I want a cookie or a handful of Skittles, I eat them. But no surprises.
Whether it's candy, ketchup, eggplant meat(less)balls or whatever, I look at the label, read where it says the word "sugar" and how many grams per serving. I consider the quantity I am consuming and add to the day's total. Keepin' it simple.
Of course there are know-it-alls out there who will say stuff like, "An apple doesn't have a label but does have a lot of sugar."
I'm used to food tracking (from when I lost the first 60 lbs) but if you're someone for whom such tools get outside the realm of KISS, here is an easier strategy:
Break down the meal into segments. Then, pick a maximum of only one item in which to invest the "sacred grams."
For example, consider the following possible sugar snares:
1. Beverage - anything which contains alcohol, juice, non-diet soda or dairy.
2. Main Course - anything with a sauce or a glaze or anything with the word "sweet" in the recipe; also gotta watch the condiments.
3. Dessert - seriously, I have to explain this? It's dessert for Pete's sake. Don't kid yourself.
Pick your one poison (as they say) and then enjoy it.
Keep it simple. Pick your battles. Know thine enemy.
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